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Majella National Park in Abruzzo - lovely self catering garden apartment.

Bedrooms 1
Space 452 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beaches and Mountains within 30 minutes. Skiing, Cycling, Hiking and Relaxation.

The 5 star rated Majella Garden is a private self catering garden level apartment, designed using the original building and exposing the beautiful exterior stone. Old world meets new in this lovely accommodation in the heart of the Majella mountain range.

Please take a moment to look at our reviews and additional provided on other websites, Airbnb and Tripadvisor (Holiday Lettings). We appreciate the comments of our guests and hope they will be helpful to travellers when planning a vacation.

Rapino is perfectly situated between the ski resorts of Passo Lanciano/Mamma Rosa and the nearby beaches of Francavilla Al Mare, San Vito, Ortona Marina and others. Within walking distance you will find restaurants, bars and several grocery stores to provide all your needs.

The apartment consists of a living/dining room with fully equipped custom built kitchen, the holiday chef will find everything to cook a lovely meal using all the wonderful local ingredients. Dining table and 4 chairs overlooking the large rear garden and a comfortable double sofa to relax and enjoy TV or movies. WiFi is available at no additional cost.

The separate bedroom has a queen size bed, plenty of storage space and an en suite bathroom. You can enjoy the delights of the hydro massage shower or a full rain shower, whatever the day demands! There is a washing machine and clothing airer for your personal use.

Outside we have a large garden that we encourage our guests to enjoy; patio furniture is provided. The roof top terrace offers wonderful views of the mountains and is a great place to enjoy an evening drink as the sun goes down or perhaps a relaxing day sunbathing or just reading.

Off road parking is available and a welcome pack of self catering essentials is provided for your arrival.

'Winter information' - the apartment has gas central heating from radiators in all rooms including the bathroom. Plenty of storage space to dry ski/snowboarding equipment and a triple option shower including massage jets, rain shower and handheld hose.

Please note that the bathroom is accessed through the bedroom.

More Details

Jacquie Rood
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, A little Italian and French understood and spoken.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Jacquie Rood

Yours hosts Jacquie and Stephen look forward to welcoming you to their home and introducing you to the comforts of the lovely new apartment.

Originally from England we spent 14 years living in Alberta, Canada in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Now our home is in Rapino, a rural and traditional town perfectly situated between the mountains and the Adriatic sea.

Stephen is looking forward to a more relaxing lifestyle after spending most of his career in Law Enforcement, in the UK with the Police and in Canada the Alberta Sheriffs. During this time he was a Personal Protection Officer (Bodyguard) for the Royal Family and then for the Government of Alberta so you know you will be safe in his home!

Jacquie has worked in the hospitality industry for many years and for the past few years has been involved in the wine business. After years in high quality hotels your comfort at the Majella Garden is her priority. She is also happy to discuss the wines available locally.

Jacquie Rood purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Jacquie Rood chose Rapino

After looking and exploring all the regions of Italy we found ourselves drawn to the central area of Abruzzo. Researching the lifestyles, climate and location to the sea and the mountains Rapino was an easy choice. We both enjoy winter and summer activities and therefore being so close to Mamma Rosa and Passo Lanciano skiing and snowboarding is a simple day trip. The lovely beaches along the Adriatic coastline provide us with our summer leisure of which we hope to share with our guests.

The property is quite different for a mountain village, we are fortunate to have a fairly flat 'lot' therefore the garden has plenty of room for us to develop plants, vegetables, trees and there still be space to lounge under the walnut trees!

Our home consists of a 2 storey house, just the right amount of space for the two of us and a couple of guests. Attached at the rear of the house is the brand new self contained holiday apartment. We have developed this from scratch, no expense has been spared with the interior furnishings and decor.

The moment we entered the house we knew we had found the exact property for our future plans.

What makes this apartment unique

The roof top terrace has great south facing views of the Majella Mountains and in particular Mamma Rosa. The terrace has been refurbished with lovely Italian tiles and hand crafted iron railings with stairs leading down to the garden giving our guests in the apartment access. We are within easy walking distance of grocery stores, bars and restaurants and there are plenty of walks and cycling opportunities directly from the house, no need to drive anywhere.

The Adriatic coastline is long and has many beaches, some free some having facilities so therefore a daily or weekly rate is charged. The sea is lovely and even early in the season the water is not too cold!

Equally close are the ski areas, Passo Lanciano and Mamma Rosa; on the way you will pass the wolf sanctuary and this is definitely worth a stop.

We do recommend a car unless you are planning your stay in Rapino with no day trips, there are buses but not very frequent and limited destinations.

For our guests staying in the cooler months the apartment has full gas central heating and if the sun is limited and the solar panels are not in full force then there is always hot water available from the mains gas.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Rapino around the Province of Chieti

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Bidet shower not traditional bidet.
  • Hydro massage shower with extra features. Hot water on demand with the support of roof top solar panels. Heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen sized bed with en-suite bathroom. The bedroom is spacious with plenty of storage space and a good supply of bedding, winter visits are not a problem.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
The town of Rapino is in the Majelletta mountain area and therefore the perfect destination for those looking for a variety of holiday activities. There are many beaches within a few km and the ski areas are close by, Passo Lanciano a mere 30 minute drive, Mamma Rosa just another 10 minutes. A car is recommended although there are buses but the area is full of small towns and villages tucked away in the hills and mountains waiting to be explored. Park the car at the end of the day and enjoy the many restaurants and bars in town, all within walking distance and immerse yourself into the rural Abruzzo lifestyle. For those guests who are looking for a complete break, no driving, then you can spend your days cycling or walking around the town and local countryside. The wildlife is here in abundance and the garden is an ornithologists delight! Just bring your bicycle, boots and binoculars and a rural Italian vacation awaits you. Housekeeping available at an additional £10 daily cost.


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Majella National Park in Abruzzo - lovely self catering garden apartment.
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Idyllic getaway

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful & well appointed apartment annex attached to owners property but quite private. Theres good attention to detail in provision of kitchen equipment/lighting/storage & washing facilities.

Jacquie is a friendly & gracious host who makes herself available if needed & has a wealth of local info, but allows her guests space if they want that.

Local restaurant, pizzeria, wine bar, bakery all gorgeous. Friendly small Italian mountain village location with super views from the terrace. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Three weeks in heaven.

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 3 weeks at the Majella Garden apartment and already miss it. You could not ask for a more beautiful place to spend your time after exploring the countryside every day. Get a glass of wine and sit out back , with the mountains and sounds of animals. There are plenty of towns to visit in the countryside or beach towns and of course the national parks. There are good restaurants within walking distance or short drive from the apartment, or you can cook your own meals.

The apartment has everything you need, is very comfortable and of course Jacquie is a wonderful host. She was very helpful when we needed to plan a few trips and knows the area well.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much for taking time to write this review, your lovely comments are very important to me and much appreciated. You were able to paint a picture of your experience here at Majella Garden and I am sure future guests will find that very helpful. I do hope you make it back here, it would be great to enjoy your company again. Best wishes to you both and once again thank you!
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Perfect setting for a romantic retreat. Friendly, helpful and unobtrusive hosts. Stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly recommend a stay with Jacquie and Steve at their beautiful Abruzzo home. The apartment is immaculate, well-equipped and spotlessly clean, uncluttered yet homely. You can expect a warm welcome, snacks on arrival, excellent excursion advice and accurate directions to the property. The location is perfect for walks, restaurants, trips to the beach just 30 mins away and/or ventures up to the nearby mountains (through which the tap water comes naturally filtered and delicious). If you like the idea of waking to the sound of chickens, goat bells and an occasional donkey.. fresh Italian coffee.. and lazing on a hammock between two trees in a country garden with a good book.. or enjoying the stunning views from a roof terrace in the evening sun, then this is the place for you!

Thank you Jacquie and Steve for being such kind and generous hosts. We definitely hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stephanie and Mark for the great review, lots of good information and comments for our future guests! It's really interesting to read what makes the experience special for each guest and your comments really do tell a story, we can't deny the goats, donkey and other critters, they live here and share our village. Have a warm winter and perhaps we will see you again next year. Ciao, Jacquie and Stephen
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  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Majella Garden. The apartment is at once spacious and cosy, the view of the mountains is breathtaking, and the garden is absolutely idyllic in the sun. It's an easy drive to the high peaks, and even less in the opposite direction to beautiful sandy beaches on the Adriatic. Jacquie and Steve are wonderful hosts; friendly, helpful, and informative without ever being obtrusive. Rapino has a great range of excellent, very reasonably-priced eating and drinking options for a small town, and the apartment is a short, pleasant walk from its centre. Abruzzo is a marvellous area for a holiday; ideal for beach-goers, ideal for activities in the mountains and the national park. Not overdeveloped for tourism, so everything's very keenly priced. Absolutely recommended, without reservation (save that you'll really need a car).

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for taking time to write this review, Stephen and I are really happy to know how much you enjoyed your stay at Majella Garden. You have 'summed up' the essence of Abruzzo perfectly and no doubt your review will be a great help to our future guests. We appreciate the time our guests take to write a review and offer information that will be helpful to travellers planning a holiday in this fairly unknown part of Italy. Hopefully you will visit us again. Thank you!
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Peaceful and Perfect for Adventure

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with our stay in Rapino and the wonderful Majella Garden Apartment that Jacquie and Steve have created. The apartment had everything one needs to be at home while traveling plus extra care for the decor and a supper shower. This area of Abruzzo has so many hidden beauties all reachable by car. Rapino has restaurants and groceries stores close by and the residents of the area are very welcoming to the traveler.

The location is close to many outstanding National Parks, hidden gems of quaint towns perched high on ridges and mountain sides as well as beautiful stretches of beaches. They are all reachable in less than an hours drive through beautiful country roads from Majella Garden. We highly recommend a stay at the Majella Garden and we hope to return that way again. Jacquie and Steve were wonderful host, providing help and knowledge to make our stay a great 10 days. Thanks to both of them. Judy and Joe

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Judy and Jo for the review, you comments are very much appreciated. For our future guests having all the information about the area will be really helpful, knowing the location and ease of travel is always a bonus for guests planning a trip. We hope to welcome you back one day and again thank you for the wonderful review!
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Neat, tidy and fresh-looking!

  • 5 of 5

As we already knew from last year the flat suits us very well. It is nice and proper and has good space enough for two persons. The kitchen is well equipped, in the bedroom you have lots of possibilities to store your stuff and the beds are really nice. The bathroom doesn't leave anymore to wish. Everything is very good and the shower is super.

Outside you find a beautiful garden with a nice breakfast spot and also a cosy part for sunbathing and reading.

The place is perfect for those who want both mountains and sea and the hosts have an umbrella and sun chairs on a nice beach to let for their guests.

Shops are near for buying breakfast bread and other things. In Rapino we can really recommend two restaurants: Il Viagnale, which offers, among other specialities, a wonderful lamb dish and the pizzeria Il Papi. The two brothers in the last mentioned serves a lovely liquorizia.

The owners provided a very good customer service, were helpful and anxious to make the stay for their guests a fine memory.

We really recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Pescara - Abruzzo Airport
Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
3 Gemelle, Bar Little, Bar Sport and restaurants
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Pescara Ferry Port
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Miglianico Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Chieti Scalo
Nearest Motorway
50 Metres
SS263 - not a major autostrada, regular town road
Nearest Restaurant
170 Metres
Ristorante Il Vignale - more within easy walking
Nearest Ski
17.5 Kilometres
Passo Lanciano and 5 kms further to Mamma Rosa
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Francavilla Al Mare, Ortona & San Vito Beaches
Car: recommended

This is the perfect outdoor holiday location. We are an all season holiday property, with gas central heating for the cooler winter months and a large garden and terrace to enjoy day and evening throughout the year.

There are several restaurants in Rapino within walking distance all serving excellent Abruzzese cuisine.

Property co-ordinates : -

42.207214 N , 14.182890499999985 E


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

The rate advertised is for 2 guests. We have arranged with HomeAway to offer the safe payment option and will therefore be requesting full payment at the time of booking. A refundable damage deposit of £150.00 is required.

For holidays during the Christmas and New Year period please contact the owners for prices and availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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